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128 GB Surface Pro Features 83 GB of Free Space

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Surface Pro features just 83 GB of available space for users.

Microsoft has confirmed that the forthcoming 128 GB Surface Pro model will feature 83 GB of free space.
The software giant's Windows 8 operating system and the pre-installed software take up around 45 GB of internal storage. The Surface Pro model offers a more complete experience of Microsoft's latest platform compared to the limited Surface RT tablet.

Microsoft stressed that the Surface Pro offers a USB 3.0 port to connect external storage devices, as well as support for its cloud storage service, SkyDrive, which delivers an additional 7 GB of free space.

The entry-level Surface Pro is a 64 GB version, so if the aforementioned figure applies to said model, only 19 GB of storage will be available. The Surface Pro will launch on February 9.

The 32 GB Surface RT model, meanwhile, left 16 GB of storage due to Windows RT and apps. Microsoft was later sued for allegedly falsely advertising the amount of storage space. However, it states how much space will be taken on its website.

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    merloin , January 29, 2013 11:23 PM
    I know people are going to complain about the space being used but I honestly don't understand the problem. It's like any disk space, a portion get's used by the OS.

    Some may complain that how much space is used is too much but to me, it seems right on par with the desktop variant.

    You buy a 128 GB drive, and once formatted, eats away 8GB alone. Then by the time you install the base OS and some applications, I imagine it'd be close to the 85 - 90 GB remaining range, if not a little less.
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    keither5150 , January 29, 2013 11:46 PM
    Real OS requires some real space. We are not talking ipod here. The pro can run everything windows.

    I will be getting one once they have a 7 or 8 inch version with over 250GB space. I will be waiting a while. I think that the surface has a micro SD slot as well. 64GB sd card for $52 on Amazon. Some companies will want to charge $200 for an additional 64GB. And you don't even get kissed.
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    IAmVortigaunt , January 29, 2013 11:46 PM
    You can free up more space by moving the recovery disk partition to a usb drive and deleting it off the internal drive.
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    Anonymous , January 29, 2013 11:18 PM
    typical bloatware
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    killerclick , January 29, 2013 11:18 PM
    The title of this article should have been Surface Pro 64GB will have 20 GB of usable space.
  • 23 Hide
    merloin , January 29, 2013 11:23 PM
    I know people are going to complain about the space being used but I honestly don't understand the problem. It's like any disk space, a portion get's used by the OS.

    Some may complain that how much space is used is too much but to me, it seems right on par with the desktop variant.

    You buy a 128 GB drive, and once formatted, eats away 8GB alone. Then by the time you install the base OS and some applications, I imagine it'd be close to the 85 - 90 GB remaining range, if not a little less.
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    zander1983 , January 29, 2013 11:27 PM
    merloinI know people are going to complain about the space being used but I honestly don't understand the problem. It's like any disk space, a portion get's used by the OS.Some may complain that how much space is used is too much but to me, it seems right on par with the desktop variant.You buy a 128 GB drive, and once formatted, eats away 8Gb alone. Then by the time you install the base OS and some applications, I imagine it'd be close to the 85 - 90 GB remaining range, if not a little less.


    +1
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    keither5150 , January 29, 2013 11:46 PM
    Real OS requires some real space. We are not talking ipod here. The pro can run everything windows.

    I will be getting one once they have a 7 or 8 inch version with over 250GB space. I will be waiting a while. I think that the surface has a micro SD slot as well. 64GB sd card for $52 on Amazon. Some companies will want to charge $200 for an additional 64GB. And you don't even get kissed.
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    IAmVortigaunt , January 29, 2013 11:46 PM
    You can free up more space by moving the recovery disk partition to a usb drive and deleting it off the internal drive.
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    jerm1027 , January 29, 2013 11:49 PM
    merloinI know people are going to complain about the space being used but I honestly don't understand the problem. It's like any disk space, a portion get's used by the OS.Some may complain that how much space is used is too much but to me, it seems right on par with the desktop variant.You buy a 128 GB drive, and once formatted, eats away 8GB alone. Then by the time you install the base OS and some applications, I imagine it'd be close to the 85 - 90 GB remaining range, if not a little less.

    Personally, my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit install takes up around 16GB on my notebook, not 45GB. A typical 64 bit Windows install is suppose to be 20GB. 45GB is steep, especially for an operating system that's supposedly designed for tablets. You're right, it's just like any disk, but most disks are also capable of storing more than 500GB, which makes the install less than 10% of space . Solid State Drives are a different animal, especially given their limited capacity, and high cost. Realizing your OS takes 35% of your space in that environment is bound to make a few people ticked off.
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    Onihikage , January 30, 2013 12:05 AM
    When the Surface Pro has both USB 3.0 and a Micro SDXC card slot, who even cares? If you need more than 80GB of space, you'll pop in a 64GB SD card, carry around an external HDD, or both.
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    Camikazi , January 30, 2013 12:07 AM
    jerm1027Personally, my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit install takes up around 16GB on my notebook, not 45GB. A typical 64 bit Windows install is suppose to be 20GB. 45GB is steep, especially for an operating system that's supposedly designed for tablets. You're right, it's just like any disk, but most disks are also capable of storing more than 500GB, which makes the install less than 10% of space . Solid State Drives are a different animal, especially given their limited capacity, and high cost. Realizing your OS takes 35% of your space in that environment is bound to make a few people ticked off.

    The used up 45GB is not just Windows 8, it is the Full Windows 8, Office a restore partition and probably a few other programs. What everyone seems to forget is that this is not some limited, mobile only OS it is a full blown, full featured OS and those tend to take up more space.
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    jn77 , January 30, 2013 12:22 AM
    First apple, now microsoft....... Where is my 128gb GS3 :-) or a 128gb nexus tablet..... apparently they are late to the game this time. I might actually buy a tablet now that they are going past 64gb.....
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    merloin , January 30, 2013 12:23 AM
    jerm1027Personally, my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit install takes up around 16GB on my notebook, not 45GB. A typical 64 bit Windows install is suppose to be 20GB. 45GB is steep, especially for an operating system that's supposedly designed for tablets. You're right, it's just like any disk, but most disks are also capable of storing more than 500GB, which makes the install less than 10% of space . Solid State Drives are a different animal, especially given their limited capacity, and high cost. Realizing your OS takes 35% of your space in that environment is bound to make a few people ticked off.


    You are ignoring the fact that it isn't just an OS though. It has other applications like Office and restore information. IF it were just an OS taking 45 GB, then yes, I would unabashedly agree that it was a bit unreasonable. But that isn't the case.
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    bebangs , January 30, 2013 12:33 AM
    At end of the day, we all agree 45gb is simply a lot of wasted space.

    I wished these were advertised as 80gb tablet for the 128gb.
    And 20gb tablet for the 64gb version...



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    randomizer , January 30, 2013 12:41 AM
    A Bad DayMS is only following the leads of HDD manufacturers that insist on using a different method of counting GBs than most software...Honesty is overrated.


    This has nothing to do with unit confusion.
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    A Bad Day , January 30, 2013 12:43 AM
    bebangsAt end of the day, we all agree 45gb is simply a lot of wasted space.


    There's a difference between 45 GB of an OS plus useful software, and an OS plus shit-loads of trial/bloatware.

    What I found on my N61Jq laptop when I first purchased it:

    -Free Piggy Game that requires payment beyond the first level?
    -A marriage game that breaks the registry if you uninstall incorrectly?
    -Norton Anti-Virus trial?
    -A facial identification log-in that can be tricked by a simple photo?
    -A BIOS flash software that never works?
    -A monitor color/setting adjustment software that has less features and more bugs than the already-installed AMD CCC driver?
    -A backup software that is worse than other freeware software?
    -A DVD burning software that I'll never use?
    -A shortcut link to Amazon and eBay?

    NO!
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    bigdragon , January 30, 2013 12:49 AM
    45GB of used space right out of the box? That is insane! What a bunch of crap! I can install Windows 7 64-bit, Office, and Visual Studio while only taking up less than half that much space. I thought Microsoft prided themselves on trimming down on the bloatware? Hopefully it is easy to reload the Surface Pro to ditch that crap. I personally always reformat new machines to get rid of the crap. I feel bad for people who don't know how to do that.
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    corbeau , January 30, 2013 1:01 AM
    On the laptop I sit at, I have a 64 ssd with windows 7, libreoffice, antivirus, Zune, chrome, Firefox, and few other applications, and I still have 35 gigs free. Surface pro a little bloated?
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    InvalidError , January 30, 2013 1:11 AM
    bigdragon45GB of used space right out of the box? That is insane! What a bunch of crap! I can install Windows 7 64-bit, Office, and Visual Studio while only taking up less than half that much space.

    About half that space is used for the recovery partition in case you ever need to wipe the tablet to un-brick it. Someone above said you can move the recovery partition to a USB stick and reclaim that space... and the tablet comes with Office preloaded too.
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    ipwn3r456 , January 30, 2013 1:39 AM
    So what's next... 256 GB Surface Pro Features 169 GB of Free Space?
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    LEXX911 , January 30, 2013 1:43 AM
    What's the big deal? It's has USB and MicroSD slot. I usually partition my HDD around 100GB for my C drive for non gaming HTPC and 200GB+ for gaming PC.
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